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Minister Ryan doesn’t know basis for reported target of 20% cut in cars on the road

A reported proposed Climate Action Plan target of a 20% cut in cars on the road is known by the Minister for Transport and Climate Eamon Ryan.

The Irish Times this morning reported that “Taking one in five cars off the road and cutting the cattle herd by 10 per cent by 2030 are measures under consideration” in the updated Climate Action Plan, but Minister Ryan said on RTÉ Radio One that he didn’t know where those numbers came from.

An RTÉ Morning Ireland presenter asked: “And those two figures on the front page of The Irish Times this morning, a 20% cut in cars on the road and a 10% cut in the cattle herd by 2030, can you confirm those numbers?”

Minister Ryan said: “I don’t know where those numbers came from, so I can’t confirm them. But there is a real change in both of those sectors. Each sector has a different level of ambition — agriculture is probably the lowest, with a 25% cut this decade, transport 50%, and energy 75%. So, there will be dramatic change.

He was then asked: “So, can you give us the numbers?”. Minister Ryan said: “The numbers relate to the emission reduction. Not necessarily any one number in the way [you’re putting it].”

“In transport, it’s not just about the number of cars. Yes, we need to switch away from a car-dependent system, because that won’t work for anyone. But it is about creating a better transport system,” he said.

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